Driving Bond: A Brief History of the Aston Martin DB6

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The Aston Martin DB6 is a grand tourer produced by the British luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin from 1965 to 1970. It was designed by the Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera, and it replaced the previous DB5 model. The DB6 was produced in four variants: coupe, convertible, Vantage and Volante.

The DB6 featured a longer wheelbase than the DB5, which allowed for more interior space, making it a more comfortable car for long-distance touring. It also had improved aerodynamics and a revised rear end that included a Kamm tail spoiler to reduce lift and improve stability at high speeds. The DB6 was powered by a 4.0-liter inline-six engine, which produced up to 325 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. It was available with either a four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic transmission. One of the most notable features of the DB6 was its “Superleggera” body construction, which consisted of a tubular steel frame covered with aluminum body panels. This construction method allowed for a lightweight and rigid body, which improved handling and performance.

The Aston Martin DB6 has played a significant role in pop culture, most notably as the iconic car driven by James Bond in the film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969). The car, equipped with various gadgets and weapons, was an instant hit with audiences and became a staple of the Bond franchise.

In addition to its appearance in the Bond film, the DB6 has been featured in various other movies and TV shows, including “The Persuaders!” (1971-1972) and “The Avengers” (1961-1969). It has also been referenced in popular music, such as in the Beatles’ song “Baby You Can Drive My Car” and the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” The DB6’s iconic status has been cemented in pop culture through its association with James Bond, and it continues to be a highly sought-after car for collectors and enthusiasts alike.